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The Bravest Story Ever Told 0

Let's just start with that Jim Aparo cover, okay? Batman and Catwoman staring into each other's eyes, their capes flowing into the shape of a heart under the menace of The Scarecrow! Brilliant!Alan Brennert's script is equally brilliant. Set on Earth-Two, The Golden Age Batman, Bruce Wayne is writing his memoir. A story from 1955, when he encountered The Scarecrow.Crane sends a gas-laced figure to Gotham City Police Headquarters, and Commissioner Jim Gordon. Why no one in a hazmat suit handles t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

And, Wackiness Ensues... 0

With Batman out of town, Barbara Gordon wonders aloud to her father, Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon, What would it be like to be Batman.Gordon is cautious and conservative. He plays it safe.Barbara is young, enthusiastic and adventurous. She's going to a masquerade party dressed as "Batgirl".At the party, Barbara looks for her friend Sandy Vancouver. She discovers that her friend Sandy has been taken hostage by Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn! The adventure begins for Batgirl! Barbara ma...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

In Color! 0

I really bought this facsimile reprint for the Elongated Man back-up story... "The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!" has been previously collected in the Batman: From the 30's to the 70's hardcover. I've read and re-read that book and Batgirl's origin story so many times I've lost count.It really is cool to have an affordable copy, in color.Barbara Gordon, dressed for a Policeman's masquerade ball as "Batgirl" stumbles across Killer Moth attempting to kidnap Bruce Wayne. She manages to foil the ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Going Boldly 0

As one of many Star Trek fans, I really enjoyed Galaxy Quest. I've only seen the YouTube version of the SNL sketch featuring William Shatner's legendary convention meltdown toward a fan. Galaxy Quest opens with Sam Rockwell emceeing Galaxy Quest Con 18. Tim Allen's Jason Nesmith is an hour-and-a-half late for the appearance with his crew of the NSEA Protector. Nesmith played NSEA Protector Commander Peter Quincy Taggart. Alien franchise veteran Sigourney Weaver plays Gwen DeMarco, alias Lt. Tawn...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Unite The League! 0

What a great story!Starro arrives to conquer Earth, and enlists three ordinary starfish as its henchfish. Aquaman is witness to this and alerts the Justice League of America. With Superman and Batman unavailable, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash and Martian Manhunter meet Aquaman at their headquarters. The Flash assigns Green Lantern to engage one of the starfish; while Wonder Woman and J'onn J'onzz the second, and he, The Flash, the third. In Happy Harbor, with Snapper Carr, the Justice L...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Feat of Clay 0

Batman Giant Volume Two opens with one of the finest Clayface stories, by Michael Grey. The story opens with a car chase. The Dark Knight is chasing down actor Dillon Yates. The Detective ruminates how he modeled the Batmobile on Yates' car.Yates is on camera fatally shooting a studio head. A revenge killing...? However, traffic surveillance video places him somewhere else at the time of the murder.It's a simple mystery that is easily cleared up by The Detective. He confronts Clayface in the con...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Power 0

Power. Hard-won. Easy to lose.Jim Starlin script has a lot of dialogue - or monloguing. Nebula has her monologue. Thanos. Adam Warlock.Nebula has Earth's Mightiest Heroes trapped in the very building blocks of the throne-satellite everyone is gathered on. And then the astral figures are trapped the same way. With all these characters immobilized, That leaves Nebula, Thanos, Warlock, Strange and The Surfer. locked in heated debate.Nebula returns things to the way they were. Unfortunately, she ret...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not Even The Power Cosmic... 0

Honestly, it would have been cool to see George Pérez on this issue. He has admitted that his workload was too heavy for him to keep The Infinity Gauntlet on time. He also confessed that the story progressed with fewer and fewer characters, rather than a growing cast, as the confrontation reached space and Thanos' throne. In the end, he felt that Ron Lim, who had previously worked with Starlin, was best suited to the story. Still, it would have been cool to see Perez tackle the astral cha...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Battle Engaged! 0

The issue opens spectacularly enough: Jim Starlin's script has a George Pérez splash page featuring the Eric Masters Thor, Firelord, Namor and Iron Man bearing down on Thanos. All that is visible on the splash is The Mad Titan's smile. Using The Gauntlet, he stops time. With another snap, time picks up again. Only this time, Starlin's script is picked up by Ron Lim! Starlin, Lim and Thanos take down the heroes facing The Mad Titan. While Adam Warlock and The Silver Surfer look on. When th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Upping The Ante 0

Adam Warlock starts building his army here.What is interesting, is seeing how Jim Starlin balances characters such as Thanos, Doctor Doom, The Watcher - and, yea, verily, all the Cosmic Host, including Galactus - against such characters as Black Widow, Moon Knight, Cloak and Spider-Man. This is a ginormous epic of cosmic proportions, that draws in characters of all power sets. This is nothing less than the fate of the entire universe.Perez' art still holds up. Noteworthy is the emptiness in the ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Next Step(s) 0

Thanos has created something similar to a rapture. Instead of gathering together "True Believers"; instead he erases half the universe from existence. Half of all life: human, animal - and hero. All to win Death's affection."Earth's Mightiest Heroes" deal with the aftermath: a plane falls from the sky due to its pilot and co-pilot being erased from existence.Hank Pym joins Stephen Strange in helping The Silver Surfer recover. Strange, like Quasar, is summoned. Forces gather together. Doctor Doom...

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And Just Like That... 0

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.Thanos, revived by Death to balance the universal scales, has achieved absolute power. He has the Gauntlet, with the Infinity Gems. Mephisto is basking in Thanos' majesty, while The Mad Titan is pining for Death. Jim Starlin unravels this story in a couple interesting ways: as Mephisto witnesses things mounting and escalating between Thanos and Death; Silver Surfer delivers the dire warning to Doctor Strange.Thanos comes to the realization of just what it will ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Sensational New Character of 1966! 0

Pamela Isley. Poison Ivy.There were a number of cool characters that made the transition from Batman comics to live action in the '60's. Frank Gorshin elevated The Riddler with his performance. Burgess Meredith and Cesar Romero were pretty impressive. You have to admire Mr. Romero - he refused to shave his mustache, and played his role with make-up covering it! When looking over Adam West's live action rogues gallery, very few of them were female. Zelda the Great was an interesting done-in-one. ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Bronzeness of O'Neil and Adams 0

Ra's al Ghul. The Demon's Head.What an amazing character. Created by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams. Ra's is one of the milestones that separates Adam West and "The Dark Knight". This is where it all begins. On a particularly singular dark night, Robin, The Teen Wonder is seemingly shot at close range while re-entering his room at Hudson University. A photo with a note later arrives at Bruce Wayne's penthouse. Robin's been kidnapped! So soon after closing up Wayne Manor - another milestone itself ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Down to Earth 0

I picked up a preview copy of Dear Justice League on Free Comic Book Day at my local comic book store. The preview showed young Ben Silsby texting Superman, asking if The Man of Steel every messed up, and made mistakes. Hawkgirl got an e-mail from Haley Lu, asking what Kendra eats.I was hooked!I picked up the full graphic novel from my local comic book store. I re-enjoyed the wacky romp that followed, as Superman read young Ben's text on his phone. What is truly enjoyable is Michael Northrop has...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Hard R 2

This is goin' for a Hard R!First, I met Tom Nguyen a number of years ago. He was one of a handful of guests at an in-store. Along with Doug Mahnke and Uptown Girl creator, Bob Lipski. At the time, I was a radio personality. I interviewed him on-air to promote the in-store event. Later, I got a Batman sketch from Tom. We've kept in touch from time to time over social media.He's a nice guy. Good people.When I saw that he and co-creator Keith Champagne were crowd-funding a project called The Switch...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Good People Doing Bad Things For The Right or Wrong Reasons 0

Rose spirits The Doctor away to the Lect for the other side of the story, leaving Jack in a void with the Unon.As it turns out, the Unon have been harsh and judgmental in policing the timeline. They use extreme measures. They follow the motto that extreme times call for extreme measures. Which proves the age-old axiom, if it's too good to be true, it probably is. In spectacular fashion, it all comes to a final conflict between the Unon and the Lect, with The Doctor, Rose and Jack smack dab in th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Point Where It All Comes Together 0

Rose is taken by the Lect. Jack is in the TARDIS. The Doctor is with Mother Superior, Arnora of the Unon. This is the issue that's full of information. The Doctor learns about the Unon and their conflict with the Lect. The Time War that destroyed Gallifrey and eliminated all the Time Lords left a void. The Unon stepped in to fill that void. The Unon discount the efforts of the agency Jack works for.The Unon show The Doctor and Jack a fracture in time. They have the tool to fix it. A Gallifreyan ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Twists and Turns 0

So, The Ninth Doctor managed to attract the attention of an armored Lect soldier. At the end of the previous issue, he had offered his knowledge. Soon after making an appearance the Lect soldier, and the weapons bazaar, is attacked by Unon Centurions. One seemingly vaporizes The Doctor in front of a stunned Rose.The Doctor is transported to a void, where he meets Arnora, Mother Superior of the Union. She probes his brain and is able to see his past two incarnations as The Eighth Doctor and The W...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Wrinkle in...Well, You Know. 0

I will never forget how I came across Christopher Eccleston's The Ninth Doctor. My wife told me about this "new" show that was streaming on Netflix. She thought I might like it. Give it a try. Doctor Who.I was hooked! Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor 2 Opens with The Doctor and Jack trying to find Rose. They got seperated at the end of last issue. She's gone missing. Fortunately, the TARDIS is well-equipped to track her down. Bit of a bloodhound. Maybe some "jiggery-pokery" involved. The trail leads...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Everything Old Is New Again - or - Nothing New To See Here! 0

Eternal apologies - I am not a Carmine Infantino fan. In The Bronze Age, I was spoiled on Jim Aparo and Dick Giordano. Stories pencilled by Neal Adams. Infantino may have been fantastic on Barry Allen as The Flash; but, for my mileage, he was the wrong fit for The Dynamic Duo.I make that confession up front, as The Batman Family 2 features two reprinted stories pencilled by Infantino. The issue is full of classic reprints. The first, "Batgirl Breaks up the Dynamic Duo!" written by Gardner Fox fe...

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Turnabout to Equality 0

Brenda Valentine is unique. She is one of the few female account executives at Page & Stillwater.It's a rainy night in Queens as her husband Eddie is leaving the bank. He's walking home with Denton and 'Maze. He's not looking forward to going to another one of Brenda's company after-hours social. Denton tries to encourage him by telling him that they're just parties, after all. 'Maze is busy saving the neighborhood from flooding by clearing a drain of leaves. Nothing he can think of gets him...

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A Moment Frozen 0

With J'onn and his partner Diane trapped in a crashed, burning vehicle, The Martian Manhunter is taken back to Before. On Mars, he lived a dual, duplicitous life. A bad cop, but a loving husband and father. If this were to be adapted to live action, maybe Ray Liotta would be cast. Or, since Rossmo's visuals depict J'onn more as a black man, someone like Samuel L. Jackson. The previous issue began with what may have been J'onn, considering revealing his true identity to his partner. Here, circums...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Fish Out of Water 0

The appeal of J'onn J'onzz, The Martian Manhunter, is that he has the powers and abilities of Superman, but he's a detective like Batman. What gives him an edge above both is his shape-shifting ability - he can disguise himself as anyone (or any thing) - and his mind-reading ability. Pretty easy to unravel a mystery by reading the minds of every one involved. J'onzz might just be too powerful to be an interesting character. His fear and weakness of fire, isn't like Kryptonite; or, objects that ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Takin' What They're Givin' 'Cos I'm Workin' For A Livin'! 0

Eddie and Brenda are enjoying a day off from work. They stop by Denton's apartment, to see if he'll go to a movie with them. Denton and K.P. are out and 'Mazing Man is on his way out to the bank to deposit a check. While there, Brenda and Eddie run into Guido. Guido and Brenda start wondering how 'Mazing Man makes his income. He doesn't seem to do any work, but he does make bank. Seeing 'maze pick up cans all the time, Guido thinks that all his income comes from recycling (there was a story that...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Wearing Your Underwear on the Outside and Your Heart on Your Sleeve 2

In the Fall of '85, a friend gifted me with the first issue of 'Mazing Man. Like a lot of comic book fans, I wanted to write one. It was going to be EPIC! It was going to combine all of the influences I had up to that point. It had been percolating since '79. It's still percolating. Maybe one day it will see the light of day. A lot of what I had envisioned for my story has been done better elsewhere, though. What my friend saw, was what we both appreciated about 'Mazing Man. The lovable wackines...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Story on Every Page! 0

It must be a challenge to compile a Definitive Directory on fluid comic book characters. Each issue of Action, Detective, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman bring new, monthly changes. Fresh ideas. A new take on heroes, villains, weapons and locations. This issue looks at a diverse number of characters from the various Ages of DC Comics. There are two different versions of Mr. Mxyzptlk. There's the obscure Merry the Gimmick Girl; Mento, Mera, Midnight, The Mist and a gaggle of Mi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Diversity In Comics 0

The Bronze Age of Comics, roughly from The Death of Gwen Stacy until Crisis on Infinite Earths was an amazing thing. As a Bronze Age DC Comics Batman fan, even the comics I didn't have a chance to read looked awesome. Western Comics, like Jonah Hex; War Comics, like Sgt. Rock; and then, there was Warlord. I never read Mike Grell's Warlord. I did read his Jon Sable, Freelance. Michael Fleisher's Exiles is an enjoyable story. It tells the Warlord origin - or maybe it should be called a pre-origin ...

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Unite The League! 0

This issue is a FIRST!It's the FIRST appearance of the Justice League. Okay, well, it's the first appearance of an animated style Justice League.Let Justice by Done, by Roger Stern, Parobeck, Burchett and Whitmore brings the mainstream Justice League into the animated universe. This story hearkens back to the team's origin in Justice League of America 9; and the sequel in Justice League of America 200. The Appellaxians have returned for revenge! Batman faces an alien giant in Gotham. Wally West ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Inconceivable! 0

Superman in The Doomsday Solution by Dan Jurgens, Parobeck and Burchett is an enjoyable story. Glenn Whitmore is the colorist and Albert De Guzman letters. It starts out almost like a dream. Young Clark Kent is walking through the corn field on the farm in Smallville, when Doomsday erupts from the ground! Ma and Pa Kent appear, and it looks like Doomsday is going after them! Superman protects them from Doomsday. Then Lois and Jimmy appear! Doomsday is going after them! Superman ultimately finds ...

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Deja Vu All Over Again! 0

Superman & Batman Magazine #1 featured the origins of Superman and Batman, plus The Hero File on Wonder Woman. This issue features a rematch between The Batman and The Penguin. When The Batman Adventures launched two years earlier, following Batman Returns, The Penguin was the first rogue to appear. (SPOILER ALERT) Okay, he was working out a scheme of The Joker's, but he was the main rogue for that debut issue.Oswald Cobblepot is back for revenge against High Society for their rejection. I l...

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It's Like... Magic 0

Mr. Mxyzptlk conjures up a simpler more basic comic book story that's pretty fun. Louise Simonson has Superman in All Mx'd Up. Lois and Clark are enjoying one of the finest travelling carnivals around, when Mxyzptlk speeds up the rides and brings everything to life! His challenge is that Superman needs to be at least a dozen Supermen to save everybody. On a hunch, the Man of Tomorrow goes into the House of Mirrors and uses Mxy's magic against him by bringing eleven of his mirror images to life!P...

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The Wonder of It All 0

Dick Grayson is the ideal sidekick. Circus-trained in acrobatics. Wide-eyed and optimistic. Puckett, Parobeck and Burchett's Trial Run, like Superman vs. the Mechanical Monsters in the previous issue isn't told by the hero, or by a third person narrator. Dick Grayson's Robin, The Boy Wonder is much like Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen. While out on rooftop patrol-training, The Dynamic Duo come across a trio of thugs threatening a bookkeeper. The Dark Knight takes care of the gangsters, while Robin t...

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It's Not The SIZE of The Story... 0

Jimmy Olsen is of one to shy away from the adventure or excitement that comes with being a newspaper photographer. He finds his way into Professor Thaddeus Killgrave's lair, where the "mad scientist" is controlling giant robots he's unleashed to overcome Superman. Killgrave takes Jimmy hostage, but Jimmy is able to trick Killgrave into using his signal watch to bring The Man of Steel to the rescue!Roger Stern has picked an interesting choice for a villain. Killgrave isn't Luthor, Brainiac, Bizar...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Flash of Brilliance 0

This second issue of Superman & Batman Magazine features the first DC Animated Universe appearance of The Flash and The Atom.Patrolling Keystone City, Wally West finds that all of the animals have evolved! Pet shop residents make their escape; a horse scolds his mount officer; a trio of dogs discuss Lassie's gender; a pigeon instructs his son. But what's the source? Wally soon finds out! Grodd has set up a transmitter on the tallest building in Keystone, and is gathering the animals into a r...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The World's Finest Comic 0

Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film inspired Bruce Timm and Paul Dini to develop Batman: The Animated Series. The Batman Adventures was the tie-in comic to that series. As if that weren't enough, Welsh Publishing launched Superman & Batman Magazine #1 in the Fall of 1993. The magazine featured an interview with Superman family editor Mike Carlin. Dennis O'Neil and Marifran O'Neil pen a prose story on the martial arts lessons between Robin and The Huntress. There's a feature on trading card collect...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Out With A Bang 0

Catwoman steals Wonder Woman's magic Lasso of Truth. The Amazon is not happy. Wackiness ensues.Steve Vance and John Delaney have crafted a smart story bringing Catwoman and Wonder Woman together. A thug is looking for power. He's kidnapped an archaeologist he knows, who's found a magic amulet, and he wants to know the translation to the inscription for an incantation that will unleash that power. He just needs the magic Lasso of Truth to compel the archaeologist to answer. The thug transforms hi...

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Newsmakers 0

The honest truth is that there is no way to make the news more exciting than it is. It's the news. If it's boring, it's boring. It's the events of the day. The summation. The culmination. The rumination. Steve Vance and John Delaney's "All Hellgrammite Breaks Loose" is an amazing commentary on the media in an all-ages comic book. For those that have been reading Adventures in the DC Universe from the first issue, the commentary has been ongoing. It started with a character named Winston "Winner"...

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Jumping The Gun 0

What happens when Linda Park and Wally West take a vacation in Hawaii?First of all, what does something like that even look like? Steve Vance's script is brilliant. He challenges The Fastest Man Alive with flying to Hawaii. With a delay in Gateway City, no less. Plus, their luggage gets lost. Having a public identity, Wally and Linda are greeted by the media, wondering what they could be doing in Hawaii. Superboy is wondering, too. He challenges Wally to a race. Remember the classic Superman-Bar...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Reaching Out Across The Aisle 0

DC Comics and Wal-Mart are reaching out to a new audience with Batman Giant.One More Chance, Part 1, by Jimmy Palmiotti and Patrick Zircher is an interesting story. It's the tale of a kidnapped granddaughter. Paycheck Foods' Thomas Giessen's granddaughter was kidnapped. The ransom was paid. The girl has not returned. There's a wrinkle, the girl's parents were murdered in front of her at a young age. A wealthy man, Giessen is sure he has plenty of enemies. The Dark Knight has one lead. Giessen's ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.